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Google released its Android security report just to let you know that you’re not loading up on potentially harmful applications. While the report is partly a marketing vehicle for Android given Apple often touts its security, there are some key takeaways to ponder.
We read through the 56-page Android report so you don’t have to. Here are the key takeaways.
This report is about perception and corralling an ecosystem that’s hard to wrangle. Google’s Android security report touts a bevy of key figure to illustrate how it’s on the case. Consider that more than 90 percent of deployed Google Pixel 2 devices were running a security update from the last 90 days as of December 2017. And due to Google Play’s security protections, the annual probability of downloading a potentially harmful application (PHA) was cut 50 percent to .02 percent in 2017.
So, rest assured, Android is secure and more so than ever. The subtext: Take that iPhone and iOS!
But Apple iOS vs. Android security argument is futile (apples vs. oranges, if you will). Apple has a relatively closed ecosystem compared to Android and that — along with the reality that most users are on the same version of iOS — mean it’s more secure for most people. Google, however, makes it easier to report bugs and get paid for it. Google forked out $1.28 million in its Android Security Rewards program in 2017.
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